This course will cover general and
detailed principles used for the protection
of power systems, electrical equipment, and
facilities from the damaging effects of
lightning and related transients. It is
structured to cover all areas of concern for
practicing industrial, commercial, and
utility engineers. Most courses on this
topic address only the "how" but omit the
"why". Consequently engineers do not have
the requisite knowledge to know how to
handle unique situations and how to
correctly utilize lighting and surge
This course will draw into the
curriculum, design and theoretical
principles, published within national
standards and decades of I.E.E.E.
papers written on the subject. It will also be focused on
the information the instructor has
needed during his professional career
as a designer, consultant, and
Instructor: Charles Pratt, P.E.
- Practicing professional
engineer since 1971.
- Life member of various I.E.E.E. power, industry, and EMC
- Member of the Lightning
- Instructor for Army Corps of
Engineers in the technical areas
of grounding, surge protection, and lightning
protection system design
- Instrumental in affecting
changes to NFPA 78 (now 780) in
1982 in the area of sideflash
bonding requirements and
calculations for lightning
protection systems. Prior to this
time a fixed distance standard
rule of thumb was in use.
Why is this course unique?
commercial, industrial, and utility systems
and protection from effects of direct and
induced transients from lightning
- Taught by an
instructor with decades of experience
ferretting out fact from fiction and "sales pitches"
from lightning protection equipment manufacturers
students with theory and lab
demonstrations to support the theory
- 8+ hours are
dedicated to sample calculations and
designs in specific areas submitted by
the students or as selected by the instructor.
- Covers the
electrical theory, system analysis, and physics which form
the basis for lightning and surge
protection standards. Answers many of the
electrode and array performance under
fast transients addressed for grounding
electrode arrays, counterpoises, and
substation ground grids.
protection design based on NFPA 780. In
addition to basic design principles topics
will include enough technical foundation
to assist you in handling protection of
atypical or non-standard conditions and
- Will remove most
of the "mystique" and "black magic"
commonly associated with lightning and
- Class sizes are kept small to optimize
your personal learning experience
- Information not limited to a specific
manufacturer of equipment.
- Hands-on experience in
seeing actual waveforms and performances
of conductors during lab exercises.
- Design "rule-of-thumb" tips provided
to minimize system redesign
- Information exceeds that of any other
similar course on the market
The depth of the material is
geared for graduate electrical engineers.
short lab exercises,
students will be able to see demonstrations
of component performance during actual
surges. A surge generator capable of 6-kV
transient impulses will be used during some
of these demonstrations. Additional
multichannel oscilloscopes and metering
equipment will augment the equipment used
during these tests.
The student will receive an extensive
workbook that exceeds the quality of training manuals of
most courses of this type. Each workbook page contains a single lecture slide and
appropriate comments by the instructor
designed to minimize note taking by the
student and to provide a more useful future
Lastly, each attendee will receive a
CDROM that captures all of the audio and
projections of the lecture covering the
last day during the sample problem sessions.
These sessions will be designed to work
through actual design challenges.
Monday-Wednesday: 8AM to 5PM lecture and
Thursday: 8AM to 5PM sample
problems and computations
2.2 to 3.0 CEU's (22-30 PDHs) will be provided for through the
I.E.E.E. Education Program for those
students needing professional continuing
education credits. Actual credits depend on
final course length.
Price: $2,200.00 (US)
(There is a
discount available for I.E.E.E. members
registering at any time in addition to any
other discounts offered. See registration form
for early registration and other discounts. )
Participant slots are limited to 8 to maximize
Location: Tulsa, OK
If you will be interested in
this course, please contact us with an
email or by phone and let us know
about your needs and topics of
specific interest. This will assist us
in the course development and
The course runs from 8 AM Monday
through 5 PM Thursday. It is important
that students not book travel on
Thursday or they will miss some of the
most important sessions of the week.
Due to the large amount of equipment
needed during the lab demonstrations,
this course will most likely not be
offered in other sites.
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